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Every book is a new journey to embark on. I mainly read romances, but I dabble in other genres too.

Did not finish: Fallen Roses by Laura Brooke

Fallen Roses - Laura Brooke

I went about halfway through Fallen Roses and gave up, because I was too bored by it. It was not catching my attention at all, and I didn't want to waste any more of my time with it.

 

Since the cover doesn't appear to be on any sites, I scanned it.

 

Fallen Roses by Laura Brooke front coverFallen Roses by Laura Brooke back cover

 

Book description:

IT WAS A WORLD OF FLEETING SPLENDOR . . . AND LOST INNOCENCE

MARIENBAD, AUSTRIA. 1905. In the scented gardens and shady promenades of Europe's most luxurious spa, they flirted, gossiped, and romanced . . . powerful men and pampered ladies, pursuing their pleasures while England's King Edward VII turned dazzling extravagance into a fine art. Into this decadent world came young Katie Conway, fresh-hearted, proud, and intrigued by the work of a young doctor studying the spa's health-giving secrets. Katie learned much from the doctor--and discovered the breathless stirrings of passion in his urgent embrace. Even though she fled from the desires of her heart, returning home to America, Katie's fate was sealed forever.

 

But with the passing of the year, and the success of her natural cosmetics empire, Katie changed . . . and so did the world. The glamour that once had gilded Europe like a radiant jewel darkened under the iron clouds of war. And Katie, in the full beauty of womanhood, sailed back to nurse the wounded amidst the carnage and chaos of the front lines. Now she vowed to reclaim the love she had so foolishly abandoned. Now, in the arms of her lover, she would cherish a passion as rare, as exquisite, as the blush of . . . Fallen Roses

Hallmark and Frankenstein?

So apparently Hallmark made a Frankenstein tv mini series back in 2004 (on DVD it's edited into a movie), and it actually follows the book pretty closely. Yay! It doesn't have the production quality of a blockbuster movie, but it's still quite good. I think they did a great job in channeling the spirit of the book. For instance they did not play up the horror aspect, but instead portrayed Frankenstein as a tragedy. The creature also follows the desciption in the book.

 

I think it's completely worth a watch if you're a fan of Mary Shelley's novel.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0004Z33DM/

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

Must Love Dogs - Claire Cook

I don't recommend this book. I found none of the characters likable. They were all nutty. I didn't find Sarah admirable in any way. She was incredibly flaky  and had no idea what she wanted.

 

I also watched the movie, and I found the film to be much better than the book. The changes they made improved the story, and it was funnier.

 

Either way, I want to note that dogs are not a big part of the story despite the title. Sarah's sister puts "Must love dogs." in Sarah's dating ad (in the novel) or matchmaking profile (in the movie) to make it sound more appealing. Sarah then borrows her brother's dog for a date that she has with one of her suitors. Dogs don't have much of a role after that. To me, the title would have been a cute for a romance involving dog owners or something like that.

SPOILER ALERT!

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

It Happened One Autumn - Lisa Kleypas

Wallflowers #2

 

Looooved it! Such a good read. Better than the first book! I highly recommend it!

 

I gotta read book 4 right away. It Happened One Autumn ends with a cliffhanger which sets up the next romance for the series. I hope St. Vincent redeems himself in the next book, because

kidnapping Lilian to force her to marry him was a horrible thing to do.

(show spoiler)

I still like him though. He's definitely an interesting character, and I'm excited to see how his relationship with Evie unfolds.

 

It Happened One Autumn can be read by itself, but I think if you read the first Wallflower book and the stand alone novel called Again the Magic you get a better feel of Marcus and his background. Again the Magic covers his sisters and you get to see the brotherly side of him.

All I Desire by Rosemary Rogers

All I Desire - Rosemary Rogers

Boring. I didn't like any of the characters. I read about 75% of the book. After that I skimmed the rest to find out what happened. I'm glad I did, because the Angie almost getting raped by Indians scene was awful and stupid.

 

Avoid this book.

A typography video game

Through the latest Humble Bundle I got a game called Type:Rider, a platformer focusing on the history of typography. I already played through it, and it's pretty cool. Each of the levels is centered on a font like Times New Roman or Helvetica. There's even a Comic Sans bonus level. The only thing I didn't like about it was how hard it was controlling the jumping. Later levels can be frustrating due to this.

 

Some screenshots I took:

 

Oh look. Penguin books. :D

type rider penguin books

 

Type:Rider Futura level

 

Type:Rider Gothic level

 

Type:Rider is available on Steam, iTunes, and Google Play. I played it on Steam.

Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher

Snow in April - Rosamunde Pilcher

Pretty average read. Very light.

 

Biggest thing that stuck out to me was how Snow in April didn't go into depth about Caroline and Oliver's relationship. You see that they begin to have feelings for each other, but the book doesn't go into detail about it. In fact, the book ends pretty much as soon as Oliver declares that he will marry Caroline, which is weird because they didn't spend that much time together.

 

I didn't like the way Oliver bosses Caroline around, and how incredibly passive Caroline is. This was published in 1972, and you can tell that it's dated.

 

It's still a sweet story despite the lack of romance. I liked the big sister-little brother relationship Caroline and Jody have. Jody was a well written young boy. I didn't find him annoying. Instead I empathized with him since he wants to find his older brother so badly.

Reading this made me interested in trying out Pilcher's other works, but I can't say I recommend this one.

SPOILER ALERT!

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets of a Summer Night  - Lisa Kleypas

Wallflowers #1

 

My second time reading. I'm not in love with it like the first time, but it's still very good.

 

I thought the writing was top notch. There were many instances where I thought the wording was pretty.

 

I liked the interaction between the wallflowers the best. It was a lot of fun plus I liked seeing the ladies help each other out. There were some funny moments like when the wallflowers were discovered playing rounders in their undergarments. Even more hilarious were Lilian and Lord Westcliff's interactions. Lillian is sassy and isn't afraid to say what she wants to say to Westcliff, and Westcliff is just amazed at Lilian's nerve. I'm glad their book is next, because I definitely want to see what happens between them.

 

I thought the weakest part was the romance between Annabelle and Simon. It was sort of boring and bland. There were some great moments though like when Simon gifted boots to Annabelle since she didn't own a good pair of walking shoes.. Annabelle also saveed Simon when he got trapped in the burning warehouse.

 

4.5/5

I definitely recommend.

Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas

Catnap - Carole Nelson Douglas

Midnight Louie #1

 

After finishing the Cat Who books, I'm trying to find another mystery series to latch onto.

 

Catnap was ok. I mainly didn't like Louie's chapters. He's a cat and sometimes the book goes into his point of view. I thought his voice was hard to get into, because he tries too hard to sound witty. Sometimes I even had trouble following what Louie was saying.

 

The other chapters were better. I liked how it took place during a book convention and how the mystery revolves around a murdered editor. Some side characters were writers too.

 

It takes place in Las Vegas. I'm always interested in books set in my resident state.

 

I'm not sure if I'll continue this series. It's not something that really pulls me in, but there's a lot of potential. The next book deals with a stripper competition (of course since it's in Vegas), and that's interesting.

 

My rating: 3/5

Do I Recommend?: No

I splurged and bought books + possible signed book?

I haven't finished reading all the books I have, but I couldn't resist! There was a book sale for the library, and I like supporting the library. Plus it was only $5 for all of these.

 

When I got home I flipped through them, reveling in my glorious haul, and I was surprised to find this:

 

Skylark by Elane Osborn

 

It looks like maybe the author signed this? Hmmm... it's hard to tell if it's legit or not, but why else would the author's name be written there?

"Evie's hair had been piled at the crown of her head in a mass of gleaming red curls and fastened with pearl-tipped pins. The scattering of amber freckles across her nose only increased her appeal, as if nature had given into a moment of whimsy and sprinkled a few flecks of extra sunlight over her."

 

I don't have freckles, but I like this description.

 

I also like Evie, and I can't wait to read her book. 

Bambi's Children by Felix Salten

Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family - Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey

Bambi #2

 

In Bambi's Children you get to see what happens to Bambi's family (his mate Feline and their two fawns, Geno and Gurri). Bambi makes appearances too, but he isn't constantly there.

 

It's not as dark and grim as the first book since there aren't many major character deaths, but other creatures in the forest do get killed. For instance, a cat and later on a fox terrorize the woods by killing all the birds and other small animals they can get. There's also a dog from a nearby town that reverts to its wolf instincts and starts to hunt deer.

 

Man is also in the book, but he loses a lot of his mystique since he isn't as mysterious. Gurri, Bambi's daughter, gets captured by a gamekeeper after she's been attacked by a fox, and Bambi goes to the gamekeeper's house to rescue her. A young boy who is too eager to shoot something with his gun shows up near the end of the book.

 

Bambi is pretty awesome. As Prince of the Forest he is not to be messed with, and it's cool to see him in charge.

 

Those poor finches! I took an ornithology class once so I knew right away that their baby was actually a cuckoo.

 

I feel like the translation wasn't as good as the first book's. It was translated by a different person, and I dunno what to say other than it feels different. It could be due to the author's writing, but it's hard to say since this is the only English translation.

 

Memorable quote:

"We are one with the trees and they with us. We have the same need to grow and flourish and sink our own roots into the earth; and so long as there is earth, both they and we will go on side by side."

My rating: 4 out of 5

Source: Bought it. Mine is actually the 1939 edition illustrated by Kurt Wiese and Erna Pinner. It's too hard to link to the exact one on Amazon since it's an older book.

 

Related reviews:

#1 Bambi: A Life in the Woods

Double Full by Kindle Alexander

Double Full - Kindle Alexander

Nice Guys #1

 

A male cheerleader with a male football player. I definitely like that idea... The opening scene in the locker room was pretty hot.

 

"I want to hear you cheer my name now, cheer boy," Colt growled in his ear, before turning Jace's head to the side, capturing his lips in a heated kiss.

 

I had some problems though.

 

The villains were stereotypical. Colt's dad is a typical, hateful homophobic jerk, and Colt's girlfriend is a typical, evil bitch.

 

Colt's and Jace's voices weren't very distinct from each other. I didn't have trouble telling who is who, but I feel like their personalities weren't fully fleshed out.

 

Colt seems stalkerish and obsessive since he knows a lot about Jade from watching him or following him from afar.

 

A character introduced towards the end felt a little forced in. It makes me think the next book will be focused on him.

 

"Your mouth... my dreams... fuck, you feel so good."

 

But I enjoyed it. I liked how it takes place in Kauai, one of the major Hawaiian islands. I actually lived there for a few years when I was a kid.

 

I'll read the sequel when it comes out.

 

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (good, a little above average)

Source: Bought it

""Absolutely not. You go in. I can see a panorama anytime I want--you're the one who's always away at school. And the show is only a quarter hour long. I will visit one of the nearby shops while you're inside."

"Shopping with no money?" Jeremey asked, his blue eyes frankly skeptical. "Oh, that sounds like loads of fun."

"The point of shopping is to look at things, not to buy."

Jeremy snorted. "That's something poor people say to console themselves while they're walking along Bond Street.""

 

As someone who doesn't have a lot of extra cash, shopping means mostly looking. It still fun though!

SPOILER ALERT!

Summer of the Unicorn by Kay Hooper

Summer of the Unicorn - Kay Hooper

Unicorns! Heck yeah! I could not resist getting this book once I saw the cover. It looks epic.

 

The best part was the worldbuilding since it was detailed and rich. I loved how the unicorns were an important part of the story. There were other mythological creatures too like dragons and mermaids.

 

I was impressed how Siri was strong physically. At one point, she helps Hunter get dressed since Hunter is still recovering from his wounds, and she has no trouble at all lifting his weight. Hunter is amazed but also a little embarrassed by this since she handles him as if he were a child.

 

Siri is also quite the warrior since she is the Keeper (guardian) of the unicorns. She as well as Hunter fight against the bad guys at the end.

 

Speaking of the bad guys, don't read this book if you're uncomfortable reading about rape, because the bad guy, Boran, is bent on raping Siri. There is a reason to this, because whoever takes the virginity of the Keeper gains some powers, and Boran is a power hungry guy. It becomes quite disturbing though, because Boran has a pendant that gives him mind control powers and throughout the book he takes control of Siri and seduces her. He makes her take off her clothes and fondles her and that kind of thing and at one point was very close to actually... penetrating her. (I don't feel comfortable even writing this, but I feel like it should be noted.) He basically sexual assaults her. 

 

Siri does get back at Boran though. Through some magic,

she takes away his manhood, his virility. And boy does Boran freak out since he seems to view his penis as a big part of his strength:

 

Boran had never felt such rage--or such fear. That she could steal his manhood with such ease was a stunning shock, and because his sexual organs were so often used as weapons, he felt as momentarily defenseless as an archer without his bow. And then rage overwhelmed all else.

(show spoiler)

 

Unlike Boran who is pure scum, Hunter was pretty awesome. Sometimes I thought he was a tiny bit whiny pleading Siri that he loves her, but he does seem to be overwhelmed by his attraction to her. I did like how he admired both her beauty and strength and how he tried to understand Siri's view and position.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Source: Bought it from a Friends of the Library book sale

SPOILER ALERT!

Video Game: Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

A man, clinging to life. His two sons, desperate to cure their ailing father, are left with but one option. They must set out upon a journey to find and bring back the "Water of Life" as they come to rely on one another to survive. One must be strong where the other is weak, brave where the other is fearful, they must be... Brothers. --Amazon

 

Wowie wow wow. Another game that I got from Playstation Plus, and it's a good one. If you have this through Playstation Plus, you must at least give this a try. If you don't, I'd say it's worth the buy. As simplistic as the game is, it provides a moving experience.

 

First off, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is best played with a controller, because you control each brother with an analog stick and the respective trigger button. Little brother is the right stick and right trigger, while big brother is the left stick and left trigger. It's awkward and takes some getting used to.

 

Even though the controls are weird, they become an important component in telling the story. This is what I liked best about Brothers, because it shows a unique way video games can have in narrating. I don't want to spoil it, because it's best when you come to that part to figure it out on your own, because when I did, I was like "Of course!"

 

The story isn't really surprising or deeply original, but I think it's the execution that makes it memorable. For instance after

big brother dies, you as little brother have to bury him. It would be one thing to read or watch that but to actually push buttons to make the character act really puts you into the character's shoes. Additionally when big brother dies you're no longer using your left hand so it's something you feel not only emotionally but physically too.

(show spoiler)

 

It's a short game, and the gameplay isn't hard. I don't consider myself good at puzzles, and I breezed through everything. I think this was a good choice by the developers since it allows you to focus more on the story.

 

The graphics are simple yet beautiful. It felt like something out of a storybook or fairytale, a grim one that is. I loved the part with the orcas, and I thought the griffin was cute. There's also a part where you journey through a terrain filled with dead giants and the water runs red with their blood.

 

There are also some small sidequests to do along the way, just some extra tasks. There was one quest that struck me. You come across a person who is about to hang himself (His family died in a fire it looks like). I panicked when I saw him kick the stool away, and I felt so much relief when I saved him. It was a heavy moment.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Source: Playstation Plus

 

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